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August / September 2018

Evansville Business

Behind the Numbers

“Top 10 Places to Visit This Summer!” “The Best Cities to Raise Your Family!” “20 Markets Primed for Business!” Evansville has not been a stranger to lists such as these — even ones that aren’t quite as flattering. But what do the rankings truly mean? Are Evansvillians miserable? Is the housing market great for millennials? Do we live in an unsafe city? Is Evansville welcoming to new business?

Back Talk

Bill Bussing

Hometown: Evansville, Indiana Education: Reitz Memorial High School, 1974; B.S. in communications, University of Evansville, 1977; J.D., Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1981; M.B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1981; master’s degree in English, University of Notre Dame, 1989. Resume: Director of planned giving, University of Evansville, 1982-1987; solo practitioner attorney, 1989-present; owner, Evansville Otters, 2001-present

Business Front

The Audit

As shown in the Emmy Award-winning documentary that I enjoy, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” a major component of scientology is called auditing. In Scientology, an audit is the process where the auditor takes someone (known as a “preclear”) through times of their life and gets rid of any “hold” negative situations may have on them. Hell, I don’t need Scientology for that.

Down the Road

Thirty years ago, the MotoMart at Burkhart Road and Division Street stood alone in an East Side field. Today, the field and surrounding property in every direction has been replaced with commerce; however, this development might never have existed were it not for the Interstate 69 project.

Adrenaline Rush

Coaching football or becoming a trial lawyer. Those were the two options Glenn Grampp set for himself when planning his career after his original goal of being an engineer or an architect fell through. “I wanted something that would get the adrenaline flowing,” the Evansville native says with a grin. “I’m glad I did what I did.”

Man on the Run

In 2000, Jim Bush ran his first marathon, the Chicago Marathon, and wished Evansville could offer a similar experience, so he created a St. Patrick’s Day run at Tri-State Athletic Club, now the Run of Luck 7K. Ten years later, the Evansville native and graduate of Bosse High School and the University of Southern Indiana began Rise Up and Run to create and organize running events, time races, and partner with organizations and nonprofits to raise awareness about causes in the community.

Order Up

Mornings at Emge’s Deli and Ice Cream always start with coffee, followed by putting on the bacon and fried potatoes. While running and operating a deli is a balancing act of many moving parts, after 44 years on the job, Jan Howell has it down. “You have to be flexible,” she says. “You place an order, and it’s supposed to be here on Tuesday, it doesn’t get here, half of it’s not here, or some of it’s bad. You make it work.”

Count Me In

Walking in through the front doors of Fourth Street Accounting Solutions, you would not guess the office was home to an accounting firm. With natural light beaming from the open skylight, gargoyles perched on top of walls, and umbrellas over desks, this innovative workspace allows the payroll-processing firm to succeed while maintaining a light-hearted atmosphere.

Rock Solid

Mulzer Crushed Stone has been a distinctive part of the Evansville business climate since its founding in 1935. Over the years, Mulzer has expanded into six quarry locations along the Ohio River Valley and now is going global as they partner with an Ireland-based company, CRH, formerly Oldcastle Materials. The decision to sell the company to CRH was made in early 2017. Natalie Maasberg, public relations and marketing manager of Mulzer Crushed Stone, says the company was sold as a growth strategy, and the Mulzer family still has a large position within the company.